Sexually and Physically Abused Children
Sexual and physical abuse are not psychiatric disorders but are traumatic events to which children may be exposed. Accordingly, there is not a constellation of traits or symptoms which characterize sexually or physically abused children. In fact, research has demonstrated that sexually and physically abused children exhibit a diverse array of emotional and behavioral difficulties (Einbender & Friedrich, 1989; Mannarino, Cohen, & Gregor, 1989) and that a substantial minority of abused children is apparently asymptomatic (Finkelhor, 1990).
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